As we look to our future amid the stars, solar sail technology gives us a compelling opportunity: the chance to hitch a ride on light.
A blast of solar wind is currently pummeling Earth's magnetosphere, sparking the strongest geomagnetic storm so far this year, producing some stunning aurorae.
A year after the mission came to an end, the Japanese Hayabusa mission is officially certified by Guinness World Records as the first spacecraft to return to Earth carrying material from an asteroid.
On Sunday, JAXA's Hayabusa mission will return to Earth after a dramatic seven years in space. But will it contain those precious asteroid particles?
The Japanese cargo spaceship HTV-3 has delivered a high-tech marine habitat to the space station intended for microgravity fish experiments.
Asteroid dust may have been found inside Hayabusa's sample return capsule, but how could this finding help us? For a start, it'll help us understand these potentially hazardous objects a little better.
The Japanese H-2 Transfer Vehicle Kounotori 2 launched on Saturday to deliver supplies to the space station. Its payload included a microgravity high school experiment.
If seeing is believing, this picture comes as sweet relief to a satellite operations team in Japan that has been overseeing the flight of an experimental solar sailing spacecraft.
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